February 26, 2014, 6am PST
The physical requirements for walkability—like narrow streets and wide sidewalks—aren't always enough to compel the activity of walking. How can we reorient toward the primal activity of walking?
February 26, 2014, 4am PST
Many people assume incorrectly that road tolls and parking fees harm poor people. In fact, they are usually less regressive than other funding options, and benefit poor people overall, particularly if some revenues are invested in alternative modes.
February 23, 2014, 6pm PST
Conservatives are becoming more visible within the smart growth movement; they differ in some ways both from liberal smart growth activists and from conventional conservatives.
February 21, 2014, 8am PST
Portland is a city that's often better known by the representations of it—like the television show Portlandia—than as an actual working city.
February 20, 2014, 8am PST
A chronicle of the evolution of popular planning, drawn from data collected from the long history of Planetizen as a forum for discussion and reporting.
February 20, 2014, 5am PST
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has set a lofty goal of creating or preserving 200,000 units of affordable housing in New York City. How can the mayor's team deliver on that promise?
February 19, 2014, 6pm PST
Are we using technology to plan for utopias? Or are we luddites who are ignoring an inevitable future? Should we be for our against smart cities? Two recent books take on this debate.
February 14, 2014, 6am PST
Workers with long commutes are more likely to be be tired and stressed at work, and businesses are learning that they often make for less productive employees.
February 13, 2014, 2pm PST
Are suburbanites less fearful of crime than city-dwellers? Maybe not.
February 12, 2014, 5am PST
The number of megacities is expected to double over the next decade, and many of these growing cities are far from resilient. The solution: frugal engineering and local knowledge.
February 11, 2014, 3pm PST
The world is changing, and so must we. Do we wait for external influences to force change, or can we lead our organizations to do better?
February 10, 2014, 11am PST
It is probably fair to say that most people think urban landscapes are at their best in the warm months. They may be right. But after a recent tromp through a frigid Manhattan, I am reminded how great cities can be in winter.
February 9, 2014, 1pm PST
To be pedantic, or to participate, is the question.
February 7, 2014, 1pm PST
Anti-jaywalking laws are based upon questionable assumptions.
February 6, 2014, 8am PST
Human beings are both born and programmed to need open spaces. As our existence becomes increasingly urban, cities and towns must provide the open spaces our natures require.
February 6, 2014, 6am PST
New tools are becoming available to help people evaluate the quality of walking, cycling, public transit and automobile accessibility when making home location decisions. This information can help create more efficient and sustainable communities.
February 5, 2014, 6am PST
A contributing factor to widespread political disengagement? It's not what you might expect. Here's how the daily commute diminishes citizens' interest and ambition to get involved in their communities.
February 3, 2014, 5am PST
Planners can learn a lot about the havoc money unleashes on otherwise benign development plans from the moral fortitude displayed by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer.
February 3, 2014, 4am PST
A minor word of caution on statistical inference and the stories it can tell
February 2, 2014, 9pm PST
Last week, many Atlantans were stuck in traffic overnight because of fewer than three inches of snow. What went wrong?